Found a Cat?

Not every friendly cat found needs to be rescued.  Sometimes, they may have strayed a little too far from home. If you’ve found a friendly adult cat, here’s what to do:

  • Locate the owner

    • First, try to find the owner.  You can post on Nextdoor, Craiglist, Facebook or any other online platform that allows you to post lost pets. You can also walk the neighborhood to talk to neighbors to see if anyone has lost a pet. 

    • Second, create a flyer and post around the neighborhood.  

    • Third, contact nearby shelters to determine if the pet you found has been reported as missing.  You can also report the pet as “found” online via the LA Animal Services webpage. 

  • Have the cat scanned for a chip:

    • Take the found cat to the nearest shelter and/or veterinary clinic to have the cat scanned for a chip.  If the cat has a chip, great!  Vet or shelter staff are trained to help you get in touch with the owner.  

 

Not all cats will be reunited with their owners but there is no reason to turn the cat into the shelter or rescue.  Try networking the cat your yourself!  Create a plan to have the cat adopted.  Here are our tips: 

 

  • Take clear, cute, and bright pictures of the pet.  Pro tip: Putting them in front of a colorful background, wearing a cute outfit, and in front of a bright light or window will make your found pet POP!

  • Write a bio of the pet highlighting any positive attributes or qualities that will make him/her a great pet.

  • Does the pet do something adorable?  Take video and include that in any social media posts to increase his/her chances of getting adopted. 

  • Post your pictures/video and bios on Craigslist, Twitter, NextDoor, Instagram, Snapchat - on everything!

  • Create, print, and post flyers at work, school, children's clubs, local cafes and shops. Ask your friends and family to do the same!

  • Make sure the pet is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, current on flea treatment and microchipped!  Cats that are fixed and vetted are more likely to get adopted!

 

Sometimes, even friendly cats can live long, healthy lives outside.  If you are unable to find the owners or unable to adopt him/her out, consider keeping the cat as a COMMUNITY CAT!  So long as the cat has access to food, water, shelter, and veterinary care when necessary, there is no reason why the cat can’t remain outside.  Some cats actually prefer it!  Kitty Bungalow offers free spay/neuter services for community cats through our TNR program.  For more information click HERE!

 

Unfortunately, Kitty Bungalow is unable to take in cats/kittens from the general public.  We encourage you to take the steps above and be an active participant in ensuring that community cats are safe, healthy, and fixed!

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